Reach Out and Read program fosters a love of books for young children

Salisbury Post (NC)
For eight years, Smart Start Rowan has offered Reach Out and Read — a program that distributes books to children via pediatricians during each well child visit starting at 4 to 6 months. The agency’s staff, along with pediatricians and families, all love the program. Lisa Edwards, early intervention specialist for Smart Start Rowan, coordinates the Reach Out and Read Program. “Reach Out and Read has opened so many doors for physicians to have conversations with families,” she notes. “It makes child well visits so much easier. The families are not only getting a book, they’re getting a prescription to read.” Reach Out and Read, a national program, trains all participating providers. The program promotes bonding, early-childhood development, and nurturing.

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